• Vol. 36 No. 10, 795–796
  • 15 October 2007

Mental Health in Singapore: A Quiet Revolution?

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Worldwide there are about 450 million individuals in all societies who, in their lifetime, will suffer from a neuropsychiatric disorder that would exact a high toll in productivity and costs, and present serious health challenges (including death). This situation will get worse: the global burden of disease attributable to neuropsychiatric disorders is expected to rise from 12.3% in 2000 to 14.7% in 2020, with depression being the second most common cause of disability.1 The effect of major depression on quality of life is as great, or greater than, that of chronic medical conditions.2

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